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EPSRC Reference: EP/C010884/1
Title: WINGNet: Network for waste reduction in aircraft related groups
Principal Investigator: Grant, Professor P
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Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr RJ Lingwood
Project Partners:
Oxford Applied Technology Ltd
Department: Materials
Organisation: University of Oxford
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 March 2005 Ends: 31 August 2007 Value (£): 62,527
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Processing Materials testing & eng.
Waste Minimisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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The Sustainable Use of Materials network, WINGNet, has been formulated in consultation with the UK aerospace industry to identify critical materials science research required to improve the UK's performance in sustainable use of aircraft materials, and to develop an international lead in this area.Development of the technologies and infrastructure required to meet the challenges in the sustainable use of aircraft materials is a matter of increasing concern within the industry. To address the growing concern, WINGNet will form clusters of expertise based on industrial views. These clusters will explore the related technical issues relating to the efficient use of raw materials, new materials and components, novel aspects of energy reduction in production, processing, disassembly of materials, new methods of joining materials to facilitate ease of dismantling, remanufacture of components, recycling of materials and reuse of materials and components. The cluster groups will identify areas requiring further research.WINGNet will undertake the following activities: - Organise discussion meetings and disseminate their outcome. These meetings will be rotated around member sites to broaden awareness of academic and industry capabilities, and allow a wider participation from individuals at each partner's site.- Create an electronic newsletter, which will be distributed to industry and research establishments to highlight the activities of the network and its members. - Create a website giving details of WINGNet's aims, activities and contact details. - Raise awareness of strategic areas of research that currently suffer from poor visibility.- Lead industrial seminars to promote WINGNet and to engage with industry.- Encourage innovation through open days specifically designed for students of all types, including those at schools.- Hold cross-sectorial meetings, for example with DRIVENet, the FAC, etc.- Progressively increase network participation.
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